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Master of Science


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Bryan Little, PhD


This research examines the viability of event-based vision (neuromorphic) sensors for future use on satellites. Outputting single pixel events only when a change in intensity is detected, event-based vision sensors offer a potential low power, low latency, high temporal resolution, and high dynamic range solution as compared to traditional CCD or CMOS camera technology. The commercial off-the-shelf DVS240C sensor, is analyzed to determine if operability is affected by launch conditions and the low Earth space environment through vacuum, thermal vacuum, and vibration tests. No appreciable changes in sensor operation was observed throughout testing. Additionally, the sensor was able to detect both bright and dark objects directly in front of a solar simulator without pixel saturation, demonstrating its high dynamic range which provides a possible advantage for use on space-based platforms.

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